Huawei brings Uber rival Bolt to its AppGallery store

From CNET: For the past year, Huawei has gradually been beefing up the AppGallery, its rival to Apple's App Store and Google Play. This week sees a crucial new addition, according to people familiar with the project, in the form of Bolt, its first ride-hailing app that serves the European market.

Bolt is an Estonia-based ride-hailing company that's quickly gaining traction in European countries, including in London where it's garnering a reputation for being a cheaper alternative to Uber. Its offerings vary from country to country, but include bikes, scooters and on-demand car rides, with food delivery set to be added at a later date.

The addition of Bolt to the AppGallery will be a boon to Huawei, which doesn't currently have Uber on its app store. Ever since the US government trade ban came into force last year preventing Huawei from putting Google services on its phones, including the Google Play store, the company has sought to become increasingly self-sufficient in terms of software. This has meant trying to ensure its app store, which launched back in 2018, offers the most popular apps available on other platforms -- or at least strong alternatives to the main players.

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